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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Nov 26, 2010 9:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Less & less Crazy Fingers -> 1995

His diabetes was well-known; the peripheral neuropathy a confirmed dx? Well, good question, & I don't recall where I first heard it, but it was in the early-mid 1990s.
Anybody else have any recollections?

BTW, I had a nurse friend who was working at Marin Gen when they brought Jer in in 7/1986. Long story made short: his blood sugar upon admission was the highest the Dr had seen & had the patient live (right Sam?)...

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Nov 26, 2010 10:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Less & less Crazy Fingers -> 1995

Of course I knew about the diabetes; am wondering about the impact on his playing, if he did suffer from nerve damage. I hadn't heard that, but it stands to reason.

Also, I knew he had to relearn to play after the coma, and I'm not knowledgeable enough to spot the difference afterwards, but I've wondered if those who are knowledgeable can see any changes. Then if nerve damage set in later ... I'd thought of the diabetes mainly in relation to tiredness, and then of course the drug issues compounding everything, but hadn't though of a physical impact on playing ability. Which would have to have been depressing for him (and everyone else). And we can guess how he'd deal with it ...

Highest ever blood sugar? Whoa. Tough guy, apparently. Too bad he wasn't tough enough to get healthy ... (sigh).

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-11-27 06:21:58

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